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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204


  1. GRUNT class of 2008

    The very first cohort of the Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team!

  2. The Future Is So Bright….

    A few members of the 2009 cohort celebrate their graduation.

  3. Jr. GRUNT 2011

    Jr. GRUNT is a free year round program which connects teens to nature from Mt. Hood to the Coast!

  4. GRUNT class of 2014

    Applications for GRUNT 2015 are online NOW!

Greenspaces Restoration & Urban Naturalist Team

Naturalist & Leadership Training That Leads to Environmental Careers

GRUNT 2015 Applications are due February 28! 

 What is GRUNT?

GRUNT is a volunteer naturalist and job skills program that leads to paid work and long-term career counselling.  Our goal is to diversify the environmental field by getting urban teens interested in nature, and providing the job skills and work experiences they will need to be successful. We begin with a volunteer naturalist training program, then build on skills and knowledge with paid summer work and school-year internships. Since 2008, 200 students have graduated from the GRUNT program! All graduates are eligible for ongoing access to resources, including resume help, career counseling, and networking for jobs within PP&R. 

GRUNT has 4 major components:

Environmental Science Job Skills Stewardship Outdoor Adventure
25% 25% 25% 25%
Amphibians Communication  Conservation Education Archery
Birds Conservation Education  Invasive Plant Removal   Beach
Ecology Cover Letter Writing  Habitat Restoration  Hiking
Fungi Education Techniques  Trail maintenance  Kayaking
Habitats Career Exposure  Leave No Trace Ropes Course
Invertebrates Group Leadership  Planting Snowshoeing
Nature Awareness Interview Practice  Mulching

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Macroinvertebrates Interview Preparedness  Pruning Whitewater Rafting
Plants, Native Paid Work  Amphibian Monitoring Wilderness Survival
Plants, Invasive Volunteer Internships  Fence Building  
Salmon Networking  Weeding  
Tidepool Discovery Professionalism    
Watersheds Public Speaking    
Water Quality Resume Writing    
Wildlife Tracking Professional social media presence    

Information for Potential Applicants

Students apply for GRUNT in either the 8th or the 10th grades.   There is an application & interview process.  

8th Grade Program - applications accepted year-round (solicitud para el octavo grado)

      • In partnership with All Hands Raised, our 8th grade program teaches life and academic skills through outdoor adventure and environmental science. Participants may move on to GRUNT, YCC or internship programs to become eligible for paid work. 

 10th Grade Program - applications due in February each year

Information for GRUNT Graduates

Once you complete GRUNT, you may stay involved until age 24.  We have frequent opportunities to explore nature, develop advanced job skills, network with employers and reunite with your friends from GRUNT.  Keep in touch!   503-823-3601

ECO Internships (Environmental Career Opportunities)

Opportunities for GRUNT, YCC, and Jr GRUNT graduates

The ECO Internship program encourages young adults to deepen the environmental science and leadership skills gained through GRUNT and YCC. Teens receive long-term mentoring, job skills training, and paid work. They are empowered to discover new strengths and interests by exploring a variety of "green" internships, from amphibian research to environmental education and urban forestry. Our goal is to expose teens to the variety of natural resources career opportunities and to provide supportive, challenging experiences where they can learn skills they will need to be successful in work, school, and life. Internships are offered by PP&R and partner organizations, and occur during the fall, winter, and spring. A highlight for many teens is the Spring Break Internship.